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SFFD chief abandons helmet camera ban

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Facing a barrage of criticism, fire chief Joanne Hayes-White appears to have pulled the plug on her edict to ban the use of helmet cameras for San Francisco firefighters. The ill-timed ban came after one of the cameras figured prominently in the investigation of 16-year-old Asiana Airlines crash survivor Ye Meng Yuan’s death. Specifically, it showed that the girl was run over and killed by an SFFD truck on the tarmac following the crash.

Hayes-White said that the cameras posed a risk to privacy to the public and to firefighters, a position that garnered widespread derision, including among firefighters, who’ve used the cameras as a valuable tool for training and investigations. Chronicle

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